The one-week program is crafted on bridging the gap between discussions on climate change and the responsible design responses to it at different scales. The program will illustrate how design can be exploited as a means to challenge strong, generic development pressures and policies and to create context-related development that can answer the challenges posed by climate change.
The program is intended for mid-to-senior level professionals from public and private sectors - for architects, cityplanners, landscape architects and urban designers, as well as policy-makers and civil-society organizers interested in the agency of design. A number of academics and researchers from KU Leuven’s International Center of Urbanism, Department of Architecture, will work intensively with the participants. Senior professionals of the MLC Academy who have decades of design experience, will complement the KU Leuven team. Other experts from city administrations and planning departments will be invited to present and guide excursions to contemporary projects that respond to climate change in the regions Antwerp and Ghent.
The program will thus have three inter-related components:
• Lectures on topics related to Landscape Urbanism and Climate Resilience
• Visits to exemplary projects in Belgium
• A design workshop in which the participants will be given a chance to work in small groups, under the guidance of the faculty, to apply their knowledge on a specific site in India.
All participants who complete the program successfully will receive a certificate of attendance from KU.LEUVEN-MLC ACADEMY.
The number of participants in the program will be restricted to 40 and reservations for eligible candidates will be made on first-come, firstserve basis. The first 20 registered candidates will be able to make use of the university hostel.